When we first heard about YouTube TV, we thought it held a lot of promise. And now that we’ve had a chance to play around with the new $35-a-month, cable-like TV service, we feel it’s off to a great start. But there are a few issues to address before YouTube TV becomes a truly compelling viewing option.
The biggest limitation right now is that YouTube TV is available in only five metro areas: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
Support for the service is also light. You can’t access it from some of the most popular streaming player platforms, for example, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
Finally, there are some notable content holes involving cable channels available on other streaming services. Issues like those are common to new streaming services, and YouTube says it’s working on all of them.
On the plus side, YouTube TV has a great cloud DVR and the best assortment of local channels we’ve seen, at least in the five markets where it’s currently available.
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